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Re: Sight reading
Posted by Original Old Guy on 10/28/2019, 5:55 pm, in reply to "Sight reading
In order for a band to be a good sight reading band, it starts with making sure students have a complete understanding of rhythm and they learn good counting skills in beginning band. Then reinforce those skills daily in every level. Add more rhythms gradually. Use unison studies. I am a big advocate of foot tapping. When you sing passages, always use your counting system and have students count rhythms aloud daily. Play unison studies daily. This does not have to take long in rehearsal, but it needs to be done daily. Then put those skills to work by reading a piece of music or a portion about once a week or so. Students must also know their scales, at least the ones in the keys they will be expected to sightread. I used the Hal Leonard intermediate book. It has great unison studies.
Could you please explain how you teach the kids to do well sight reading new music. Not just the sight reading room, but becoming better readers in rehearsal.
I have been focussing on Region music and Solo/Ensemble music in hopes that the students will be more independent players and be familiar with tougher music. This has helped and their reading is improving but I really want to know more ideas on how to create better readers.
Any ideas will help. Thank you.